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Jack Dorsey’s Square changed its name to Block

December 2nd, 2021

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as Twitter CEO a few days ago. Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal replaced him at the helm of the popular social network, with Dorsey remaining on Twitter’s board at least until the next shareholder meeting next year. We speculated at the time that Dorsey had chosen Square over Twitter. He’s …

PayPal iZettle Purchase

PayPal takes on Square with massive $2.2B iZettle purchase

May 18th, 2018

PayPal just confirmed that it’s buying Swedish payments startup iZettle for $2.2 billion in an all-cash transaction, which would make it PayPal’s biggest purchase ever. The company paid $890 million for Xoom a few years ago, and $800 million for Venmo back in 2013, when it still was a part of eBay. iZettle’s main business …

Where Can I Use Apple Pay Square

Great news: Apple Pay will soon be accepted by a lot more small businesses

November 22nd, 2014

So far we’ve heard a lot about Apple Pay support at major retailers, but what about the small businesses in your neighborhood? CNN reports that help for them is on the way because Square founder Jack Dorsey says that the company is working on adding support for Apple Pay to its popular payments system.

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Sorry, Microsoft: The iPad is more than ‘just a toy’

February 12th, 2014

Earlier this year, Microsoft debuted a new advertisement for its Surface tablets that depicted a young student looking inquisitively at the camera with the caption “Honestly, I need more than just a toy” plastered underneath. The implication here is that, in contrast to the Surface, iPads and Android-based tablets are just “toys” that are used …

T-Mobile now selling Square credit card payment systems in retail stores

February 1st, 2012

T-Mobile USA announced on Tuesday that it is now selling Square credit card systems in its retail stores. Square allows people to take payments by swiping a credit card through the Square dongle, which can be plugged into the end of a smartphone. “The success of our small business customers is important to us. Formerly ‘cash …

Visa invests in Square iPhone credit card reader

April 27th, 2011

Visa has made an undisclosed investment in payments startup Square in exchange for a seat on the firm’s board of, Reuters reports. Square is a portable credit card reader that was created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. It allows iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad owners to charge for goods and services on-the-go, but came under …

Square iPhone credit card reader now available in Apple Store for $9.95

April 21st, 2011

On Wednesday, Square’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the firm’s iPhone credit card reader — also supported by the iPad and iPod touch — is now available in all 235 U.S. Apple Store locations, and online, for $9.95. The mobile payment solution allows business owners to quickly charge for products and services wherever they have …

VeriFone CEO slams mobile payments startup over security concerns [video]

March 9th, 2011

VeriFone’s CEO, Douglas G. Bergeron, has taken to the Internet to publicly voice his company’s concern with a mobile payments startup named Square. Via a YouTube video and an open letter, Bergeron explains that Square’s reader has a “serious security flaw” that “places consumers in dire risk.” Bergeron and VeriFone’s beef stems from the fact …